Earlier today, someone dumped a bunch of green dye into a Midtown fountain. Was it the Grinch? Was it you? We don't know!

The neon green hue was first spotted around 3:30 p.m. in the basin at Sixth Avenue, between 49th and 50th street (apparently this is the Lilholts Pooley Pool, according to Google Maps).

"I’ve worked by this fountain for 6.5 years and never seen it like this," said one observer, who declined to give their name.

The tint was confirmed by the building's manager, who told Gothamist, "Unfortunately, someone threw dye in it this afternoon and it turned completely green. We're draining it right now." After we inquired about a possible motive, the phone was passed to a second person, who told us, "No further comment," then promptly hung up.


Further answers remain elusive at this point. Working theories include:

  • Confused person from Chicago who thinks it's St. Patrick's Day
  • Mark Green announcing presidential bid
  • Alien gender reveal!
  • Return of the Midtown ooze
  • Promotional stunt for the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC, a state-of-the-art audio and video broadcast studio in a unique setting for your special event
  • Guerrilla observance of America Recycles Day
  • Commemoration of Lilholts Pooley, whose favorite color might've been green?
  • It's dark now at 5 o'clock on a Friday, they've probably drained the fountain by now, and I highly doubt anyone's even reading this why am I still bothering?

Do you know why this fountain is green? Drop us a line at tips@gothamist.com